Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
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  1. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    88
    The movie made me so happy, and here I am back on the subway with Nerdo, and there's this jerk across the aisle who's like ancient, 30 at least, and he's got the nerve to look right into my see-through Madonna lace outfit. And he winks. Oh, barf- ola.
  2. Reviewed by: Patrick Goldstein
    80
    Delightful... The film is buoyed by a captivating performance by Ringwald, who has an unerring ability to share her character's emotions with an audience, as if we were eavsdropping behind her makeup mirror. [28 Feb 1986]
  3. 75
    Although it is not a great movie, it contains some moments when the audience is likely to think, yes, being 16 was exactly like that.
  4. Very high on my list of good movie titles, has fascinating deep tones, surprising poignancy, and tendor humor for a movie aimed at teenage audiences. [28 Feb 1986]
  5. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    70
    Blane's snooty friend Steff (Spader) could be a tired stereotype, but with his all-year tan, his hip-blase voice and hs view of high school as a "career," Steff becomes a recognizable character of any age: upscale slime in embryo. [3 Mar 1996, p.83]
  6. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    70
    A rather intelligent (if not terribly original) look at adolescent insecurities.
  7. Fortunately, the actors are mostly likable, and the story is told gently enough to downplay both its trendiness and its conventionality.
  8. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    60
    While the script contains trite and unbelievable dialogue, the superbly convincing performances make up for these faults.
  9. 60
    I got my first date because of this movie so you won't see me giving it any less than three stars.
  10. Reviewed by: Dave Kehr
    40
    Slack and unconvincing throughout with the exception of Ringwald, who remains natural and appealing as the thin world of the film collapses around her.
  11. 38
    What we have here is a much less radical movie than writer Hughes probably believes he has created. Yes, he's given us an individualistic girl, but she swoons like a robot after the first reasonably human WASP or WASC asks her for a date. [2 Feb 1986]
  12. 30
    The movie is slight and vapid, with the consistency of watery jello...It isn't about teenagers – it's actually closer to being a pre-teen's idea of what it will be like to be a teenager. [7 Apr 1996, p.91]
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Jul 20, 2014
    10
    Pretty in pink is a great comedy drama with Molly Ringwald from The Breakfast Club. The movie has
    a great screenplay and all of the
    Pretty in pink is a great comedy drama with Molly Ringwald from The Breakfast Club. The movie has
    a great screenplay and all of the characters are fascinating. This is one of the best movies of the 80's.
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  2. DallasM.
    Sep 14, 2005
    8
    Good story, cool pre-fame actors and awesome music.
  3. Jan 8, 2015
    6
    Howard Deutch and John Hughes' "Pretty In Pink" is a serviceable 1980s teenybopper dramedy that delivers enough chuckles and smiles toHoward Deutch and John Hughes' "Pretty In Pink" is a serviceable 1980s teenybopper dramedy that delivers enough chuckles and smiles to surmount its lackluster ending. Full Review »